PARISH OF THE NEW ENGLAND DIOCESE OF THE ORTHODOX CHURCH IN AMERICA
Anna and Walter Koledo
Proverbs 31 states the following: "Who can find a capable wife? Her value is far beyond that of pearls. Her husband trusts her from his heart, and she will be a great asset to him. She works to bring him good, not harm, all the days of her life." Such was the life of Anna Koledo, 91, who passed away in Claremont, NH, on March 1, 2013. She was born September 10, 1921, in Claremont, the daughter of Jona and Pasha (Smolnik) Titorenko.
Anna was a woman who loved the Lord and faithfully read the Bible. She was a stay-at-home wife and mother, working diligently to care for her home and family by cooking, sewing, gardening, and tending her flowers. Anna was gentle, compassionate, and had a heart of gold that would reach out to others in need.
She married Walter Koledo in Claremont on June 6, 1943.
In her later years, Anna had some significant health challenges, but she faced them with great dignity and the determination never to give up, no matter how hard it got. Well, it got tough for Anna, but she faced every day courageously, knowing that her life was in the hands of the Lord Jesus, to whom she dedicated her life in years past. Again from Proverbs: "Charm can lie, beauty can vanish, but a woman who fears the Lord should be praised. Give her a share in what she produces; let her works speak her praises at the city gates."
Burial was held at the convenience of the family at the Mountain View Cemetery in Claremont.
Stringer Funeral Home, Claremont, NH
On July 27, 2012, Walter Koledo, 94, of Claremont, passed from this earth to live eternally in great peace and joy with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Walter's name means "strong protector," and throughout his life, he walked out his name by defending, guiding, and protecting his wife of 69 years and his family.
Walter was born on January 11, 1918, in Springfield, Vermont, to Mr. and Mary (Veshabrovich) Koledo.
Walter was a wise man and as gentle as a dove. There was not a person that he met that he did not have a kind word for. It was not unusual for Walter to put a smile on the face of everyone that he encountered wherever his travels took him throughout the day. The twinkle in his eye and his gentle spirit were always there to encourage all who crossed his path. Walter faced several difficult obstacles in his life, but his hope always shined forth. Walter always said that the key to life was to take it "one day at a time" and that things would always work out.
He married Anna Titorenko in Claremont on June 6, 1943.
Greatly remembered were all the months when he and his wife, Anna, would sit on the couch together every night for one hour, reading the Bible. Year after year, they read the Bible until it finally had to be duct-taped together by Walter. Because of his faithfulness, God granted Walter a long and rich life—rich not in material things but in the fruits of the spirit: love, joy, peace, faith, hope, kindness, and long suffering.
We will greatly miss you, Walter, but our comfort comes from knowing we will see you again in God's eternal kingdom. Well done, thou good and faithful servant of the Most High God.
Services were private. Burial was in Mountain View Cemetery.
Eagle Times, Claremont, NH, August 1, 2012
A Note from HROC
Anna and Walter Koledo were members of the Holy Resurrection Orthodox Church in Claremont for most of their lives and attended all of the church services and events. They both sang in the choir. Walter also helped with the church maintenance, and Anna loved to decorate the church. She had good taste and a special touch with flowers. No feast or wedding went without her elegant flower arrangements. Even when chronic disease deprived her of the ability to walk, her husband used to drive her around Claremont on dirt roads, where they could stop and pick the wildflowers growing right by the roadside. Walter knew how to make his wife happy. He definitely was an exceptionally caring husband. In their old age, when Walter could no longer take care of Anna as well as he used to, he had her admitted to a long-term health care facility and followed her there, himself. And there, though also a patient, he continued to help the aides and nurses care for his wife.
Anna was predeceased by her husband, Walter, her parents, Jona and Pasha, and her siblings: Jona, Mary, and Alexander. Walter was predeceased by his mother, Mary, and his sisters, Nina and Nellie.
Anna and Walter were survived by their daughter, Nicole Koledo; Anna's nieces: Sharon Eastman with her family and Joanne Merrow; and nephews: Walter Young Jr., Richard Titorenko, and Jack Hudak with his family.
Memory Eternal to Anna and Walter!